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Parliamentary majority holds closed door meeting
Publish Time: 2017-06-22 16:44:00
The session of parliamentary majority is being held in the parliament for the time being.The members of the ruling team are holding meeting behind closed doors.The session was appointed after the extraordinary session, where the MPs adopted constitutional amendments through the first hearing.
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Parliament adopts draft amendments to Constitution through the first hearing
Publish Time: 2017-06-22 16:13:00
The Parliament unanimously adopted the draft amendments to the Constitution of Georgia with 115 votes through the first hearing. The new edition of the Constitutional Law on the Autonomous Republic of Adjara was supported by 115 votes as well. None of the opposition parties have participated in the voting. The opposition boycotted the process.
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Amendments proposed to be made into Constitution of Adjara region to be discussed today
Update Time: 2017-06-22 12:15:00
The extraordinary session of the parliament is ongoing in boycott regime. Amendments  proposed to be made into Constitution of Adjara region will be discussed at the session of the Parliament today.Voting is planned for the afternoon.
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Kutaisi university city, wind power plants and tourist potential of Georgia - PM spoke about these issues
Publish Time: 2017-06-22 12:10:00
Kutaisi university city, wind power plants and tourist potential of Georgia - is part of the issues that the Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili talked about at today's government session.
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PM - Kutaisi is becoming an international hub of education
Publish Time: 2017-06-22 10:50:00
According to the memorandum, the Munich Technical University will join the project of Kutaisi International Technological University not as a consultant but as a partner, - Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili said at today's government session. As the Prime Minister said, the Kutaisi International Technological University project is very important. According to him, two days ago, a memorandum was signed between Kutaisi University and Munich Technical University, according to which, the Munich Technical University joins this project not as a consultant but as a partner."This is a very important step. Munich University is one of the world's highest rated universities and we believe that this step will once again prove that Georgia has the greatest potential to be established as an international regional education center and this is a step that proves that Kutaisi is really becoming an international hub, as it had been historically.This is a historic project that we think will have a great impact on the development of Georgia not only in the coming years but also for a much longer period, so congratulations on this very great success," Kvirikashvili said. According to the Prime Minister, he is glad that Georgia is becoming increasingly popular not only for the students of the neighboring countries, but also for quite remote countries. "Kutaisi University will be one of the most important educational institutions in Europe. We are convinced of the success of this project," Kvirikashvili said.
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Parliament discussing Constitutional changes at extraordinary session
Publish Time: 2017-06-21 20:05:00
The Georgian parliament is holding an extraordinary session to discuss the version of the package of amendments proposed to be made into Constitution with the first hearing. Irakli Kobakhidze, Chairman of Parliament addressed lawmakers with a summarizing speech. He talked about process of preparation of amendments and recommendations provided by Venice Commission, an advisory board of Council of Europe. The faction Georgian Patriots declared boycott to the extraordinary sitting. Irma Inashvili, one of the leaders of Georgian Patriots said that Georgian Dream was not fulfilling the promise regarding transformation onto Proportional (party) system of elections starting 2020 and her team did not plan to support the deception. The rule will be activated starting 2024 as proposed by the package of amendments. National Movement Party made the same decision not to participate in the discussions. Members of National Movement said that it was unacceptable to discuss the project through accelerated manner when the majority of changes were due to be activated after 8 years. This refers to transformation onto Proportional (party) election system and rule for president’s election. Also, it became known today that President may be elected in 2024 instead of 2023 together with presidential elections. Oppositional politicians claim that the ruling team turned Constitution into a subject of bargaining rather than a consensus. Only MPs representing European Georgia are attending the session. President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili on June 20 renounced the request of the parliament on calling of an extraordinary sitting and once again became the subject of criticism on part of the parliamentary majority. Nevertheless, the parliament decided to hold the session based on plural regulations of supreme legislative body.
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Parliament holding extraordinary session
Publish Time: 2017-06-21 16:05:00
The Georgian parliament is holding an extraordinary session to discuss the package of amendments proposed to be made into Constitution. The faction Georgian Patriots declared boycott to the extraordinary sitting. National Movement Party made the same decision. Only MPs representing European Georgia are attending the session. Irma Inashvili, one of the leaders of Georgian Patriots said that Georgian Dream was not fulfilling the promise regarding transformation onto Proportional (party) system of elections and her team did not plan to support the deception.President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili on June 20 renounced the request of the parliament on calling of an extraordinary sitting and once again became the subject of criticism on part of the parliamentary majority. Nevertheless, the parliament decided to hold the session based on plural regulations.
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Parliament approves 4 members of Justice Supreme Council
Publish Time: 2017-06-21 15:52:00
The Georgian parliament approved 4 candidates for vacant posts of members of Justice Supreme Council today. Irma Gelashvili, Levan Gzirishvili, Zaza Kharebava and Nazibrola Janezashvili qualified for posts with parliament quota. The parliament considered 33 candidacies. There are additional 4 vacant posts in the council. The positions will be filled during Conference of Judges. 
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Parliament to hold extraordinary session
Update Time: 2017-06-21 12:06:00
The Georgian parliament today will hold an extraordinary session to begin discussions over the package of amendments proposed to be made into Constitution. President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili on June 20 renounced the request of the parliament on calling of an extraordinary sitting and once again became the subject of criticism on part of the parliamentary majority. Nevertheless, the parliament decided to hold the session based on plural regulations. 
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Refusal from President to parliament on holding of extraordinary session
Publish Time: 2017-06-20 20:05:00
President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili today renounced the request of the parliament on calling of an extraordinary sitting and once again became the subject of criticism on part of the parliamentary majority. Nevertheless, the parliament will still hold the session on June 21 based on plural regulations to discuss the package of amendments proposed to be made into Constitution. The first hearing of the project will also take place tomorrow, presumably. President urged the parliament not to adopt constitutional changes through a speedily manner and approve the document which would be worked out through joint accord. Head of the state recommended that the parliament prepared a better version based on remarks provided by Venice Commission. “My refusal is of political content. I call on the Parliament not to adopt the non-agreed constitutional amendments in an accelerated manner, consider the recommendations proposed by the Venice Commission and provide better draft amendments,” Margvelashvili said.In return, Georgian Dream Party accused President of taking steps against Constitutional processes. President also criticized election system as proposed by the changes. The final version of Constitution will say that future 2020 parliamentary polls will be held with mixed Proportional (party)/Majoritarian (single mandate) rule of elections. Transformation onto Proportional system will be possible for 2024. Disagreement still continues over lowing of election barrier for political parties from 5 to 3%.
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Candidates for post of members of Justice Council meet with members of parliamentary minority
Update Time: 2017-06-20 18:15:00
The candidates, who are running for post of members of Justice Supreme Council, met with lawmakers of the parliamentary minority faction. Twenty candidates out of 33 attended the meeting. Oppositional MPs had questions to the candidates.The parliament will have to elect 4 members of Justice Council this week. There are 8 vacant posts in the council. Other 4 members will be elected during Conference of Judges on Saturday. 
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Extraordinary sitting to be held in parliament on June 21
Publish Time: 2017-06-20 18:05:00
Despite denouncement of President Giorgi Marhvelashvili on calling of an extraordinary sitting, the parliament will still hold the session on June 21 to discuss Constitutional changes. President once again became the subject of criticism on part of the parliamentary majority today. President urged the parliament not to adopt constitutional changes through a speedily manner and approve the document which would be worked out through joint accord. Head of the state recommended that the parliament prepared a better version based on remarks provided by Venice Commission. 
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We have the right to hold an extraordinary meeting tomorrow – MP Giorgi Kakhiani
Publish Time: 2017-06-20 16:12:00
We have the right to hold an extraordinary meeting tomorrow, - Giorgi Kakhiani, chairman of the Parliamentary Committee of Procedural Issues, said. "The President requested the President to call an extraordinary session of the Parliament on Monday. The 48-hour term expires at 10:00 pm on Wednesday. Accordingly, after the expiration of this term, the Parliament has the right to hold a session," Kakhiani claimed.Accordingly, the bureau session will be held tomorrow and an extraordinary sessionwill be appointed by the bureau. As it is known, the President refused to call extraordinary session to discuss constitutional amendments. 
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President’s refusal to parliament
Publish Time: 2017-06-20 16:04:00
Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili renounced parliament’s request on calling of extraordinary sittings.  During the special briefing, President urged the parliament not to adopt constitutional changes through a speedily manner and approve a document worked out through joint accord. 
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Justice Minister commented about lowering of election threshold
Publish Time: 2017-06-20 15:52:00
Tea Tsulukiani, Justice Minister commented about the issue of lowering the election threshold from 5 to 3%. Tsulukiani talked about positive and negative sides of the decision. “I believe that lowering of the barrier will cause political disarray in the parliament but this is a democratic process,” Tsulukiani said. 
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President renounces parliament’s request on calling extraordinary sittings
Publish Time: 2017-06-20 14:04:00
Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili renounced parliament’s request on calling of extraordinary sittings.  President explained the refusal with rejection of transformation onto proportional system of elections. The parliament is allowed to hold extraordinary sessions, though. 
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Consensus reached over election system
Publish Time: 2017-06-20 12:08:00
Consensus was reached during the meeting of the ruling team over election system for parliamentary elections. Irakli Kobakhidze, Chairman of Parliament said after the meeting held at the office of Georgian Dream Party that future 2020 parliamentary polls would be held with mixed Proportional/Majoritarian rule of elections. Transformation onto Proportional (party) system will be possible for 2024. Talks were also held about lowing of election barrier for parties from 5 to 3%. 
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Venice Commission publishes conclusion into Constitutional changes
Publish Time: 2017-06-20 12:07:00
Venice Commission, an advisory board of Council of Europe published a conclusion about package of amendments to be made in Constitution of Georgia. The document provides evaluation about proportional election system, abolishment of electoral coalitions, election threshold, referendum on taxes, rights to marriage, citizenship, Judiciary and prosecutor’s office and other issues. 
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Minister of Internal Affairs answering questions of majority MPs
Publish Time: 2017-06-20 12:05:00
Giorgi Mghebrishvili, Minister of Internal Affairs is answering questions of majority lawmakers into case of abduction of Afghan Mukhtarli, Azebaijani journalist from Tbilisi. The meeting is being held at central office of Georgian Dream Party and is closed for the media. 
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Constitutional Monarchy - discussion over the issue activated
Update Time: 2017-06-19 20:15:00
Constitutional Monarchy - after the statement of Catholicos-Patriarch the issue once again becomes actual in political circles. The speaker of Parliament Irakli Kobakhidze and MP Eka Beselia arrived at Patriarchate today for discussing the issue. The members of Georgian Dream underline that it is a long-term perspective, which has no links with expected constitutional amendments. However, majority members do not rule out conduction of plebiscite.Georgia is the oldest monarchy, constitutional monarchy brings peace, - Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II said the in the Sunday Sermon at the Holy Trinity Cathedral yesterday. 
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